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Hope Hicks Resigns from White House

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting, February 27, 2018. (Leah Mills/Reuters)
She had earned a reputation as a confidant who could influence the president.

Hope Hicks resigned as White House communications director on Wednesday afternoon.

“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement. “I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

The former press secretary for Trump’s campaign had reportedly been considering resigning for months.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

Hicks was recently thrust into the national spotlight when she was asked to testify about the Russia investigation to the House Intelligence Committee. She testified the day before her resignation, answering lawmakers’ questions for eight hours. Hicks reportedly told the committee that her White House job sometimes required her to tell “white lies,” but she stated she never lied about any matter concerning the Russia investigation.

The 29-year-old also found herself in the middle of a story about her now-former boyfriend, White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of beating both of his ex-wives.

Hicks earned a reputation as someone close to the president who understood his modus operandi and could influence his decisions. Before being tapped as communications director, she worked in Manhattan for the Trump Organization. She has not announced where she will work next.

“I quickly realized what so many have learned about Hope: She is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said. “She became a trusted adviser and counselor, and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the president’s agenda including the passage of historic tax reform. She has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed is an understatement.”

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